Magic for Liars

Magic for Liars

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister— without losing herself." -- Description provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250174611
Branch Call Number: FIC Gailey S
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 03, 2020

I had high hopes for this book, the intersection of detective noir and magic... and yet, it was pretty boring. There's a lot of potential, but it never leads anywhere very interesting. The writing it fine, but not moving.

Dec 29, 2019

I most liked and appreciated that the plot twists and mysteries ended up centering issues like reproductive rights, health care, and queerness. It's a modern and more inclusive detective story with strong female characters. There are multiple queer characters. I appreciated that their queerness was incidental or casual, not the only or main thing about their characters. I liked the thread about The Chosen One and the commentary it made about who gets paid attention to and who gets underestimated and how much that has to do with gender. I loved seeing one of the powerful young mages come into their own, finally having everyone realize their power. I liked the complexity of the mysteries and the characters. It was a fast, enticing read.

Dec 28, 2019

A mysterious mood set by vivacious modern narrations, I was haunted and captivated right away, coincide with living the suspense in movie Knives Out I was watching... until half way through, where the magic spell broke (I knew!!), and all luster dulled, lies blunt, with intermittent distractions to get me excited due to author's tentative craft to construct a better plot and tangled perspectives to make a few points.
For young adults, Harry Potter's fans.

JessicaGma Sep 05, 2019

It's a good mystery book with the added element of Ivy investigating her twin Tabitha, who works at a magical school. There's a lot of twists in the book, not to mention magical bits, so it's a good change if you're finding typical mysteries to be a bit dull

Aug 21, 2019

I couldn't finish it. The author uses way too many "like" comparisons, it was all I started to notice instead of the story.

VaughanPLRachelP Aug 16, 2019

A hard-boiled detective novel set at a magical academy for high school students - but think Brakebills, not Hogwarts. The PI, Ivy Gamble, is the non-magical twin sister to a magic prodigy, Tabitha, with whom she's had a strained relationship for years. I felt a lot of empathy for Ivy even as we see her making ill-advised decision after decision. I thought the mystery was super engaging, if the magical setting took more of a backseat to the storyline than I would have liked.

Aug 05, 2019

I greatly enjoyed this fresh, real and messy perspective on a sliver of the juxtaposition of magic and the normal world. The pain of being aware of the world of magic, but yet not being invited, stings throughout the main character's pivotal development and identity. The limits and practicality of magic are welcome and keep the narrative to a more realistic path. As others have discussed, the pivotal focus around the concept of The Chosen One resonates throughout several of the characters and gives the reader a chance for reflection in their own path and perception of opportunities denied. A solid read and I look forward to additional novels in this vein by the author!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 05, 2019

I loved the creepiness of how magical surgery is carried out in this hard-boiled-y magical detective story.

AshleyF2008 Jun 20, 2019

This book is enthralling and morose....I kinda loved it. No character was without blame and there was a little layer of hope throughout the novel. Whether or not that hope pans'll have to read to find out!
I want more of something like it, though not a sequel. Just...more.

JCLGreggW Apr 17, 2019

Ivy Gamble is a PI. Her twin sister is a professor at an elite magic school. Ivy can't wield magic, and is not at all bitter about it, but when a murder occurs at the school, she is pulled back into a world she has decidedly mixed feelings for. Sharp, gritty, dark, and sardonic; an excellent mix of fantasy and gumshoe mystery.


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